I use to work on a weather satellite and I joke that it gave me some pull with the weather. In fact when Roderick and I were first dating we liked doing outdoor activities. Often it would threaten rain but by the time our date rolled around it was beautiful out. Unfortunately it looks like my pull is waning. Tommy’s been trying to do the final grading for almost a month now and it’s just been too muddy.

They are more than making up for the lack of exterior activity with interior progress. Behold a tour of the highlights.

All of the tile floors were laid but still need to be grouted. I can’t remember if I mentioned it but another nice little thing that we’re doing is using an epoxy grout which is easier to clean. They are also laying it so as to minimize the amount of grout. I love the look of tile but hate hate HATE cleaning it. It cost about $200 more per room but if it performs like I expect, it will be well worth the cost.

Monkey Bathroom Tile

Laundry Room Tile

Fish Bathroom Tile

They’ve started installing the bathroom hardware too.

Downstairs Bathroom Tile and Hardware

They’ve installed most of the lighting and it looks fantastic. The day I visited was cold and dreary but the house was so warm and inviting (even unfinished) because of the bright lights. I’m an admitted lightaholic. The brighter the better! I think we’ve got 60 watt bulbs in all of them. The huge chandelier in the foyer hasn’t been installed yet and I just can’t wait to see what it will look like.

Dining Room Light

Diningroom Transoms

They’ve also installed the fireplace mantle, a beautiful piece of solid maple. They are going to route it in place and then stain it to match the kitchen cabinets.

Great Room Fan and Fireplace Mantle

Kitchen Lights

Kitchen Hardware

And the piece de resistance the stairs! I love love LOVE LOVE the metal rails! They are beautiful, they are sturdy, and best of all they didn’t cost us anything extra. Have I mentioned that we love our builder?

Stairs

Stair Sconces

Stair Close-up

Here is the wood floor we selected. This is the same color as the floor in our current house but wider planks.

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Wood Floor

These are the cabinet knobs we selected. Initially we were thinking of doing oil rubbed bronze to match our lights, but the color blended too closely with the cabinet color. I really like the style of these, nice and clean looking.

Drawer Pull

Knobs

 

We’ve been busy finalizing the kitchen layout and selections. We still need to choose a refrigerator (or two depending on the price) and cabinet knobs but everything else is finalized. It’s going to be absolutely beautiful when it’s done. The kitchen has stiff competition with the great room for my favorite room in the house but I think it’s winning.

If you remember, the floor is going to be:

Solid Oak Flooring

Solid Oak Flooring

The granite counter top is going to be:

Kitchen and Master Bath Granite

Kitchen and Master Bath Granite

Last Friday we met with Charles from Better Living (who was very helpful by the way) to review and finalize the floor plan. While we were there we reviewed our prior selections. We chose the Mid-Continent Maple Villa cabinets. Initially we chose the Sundance finish with a chocolate glaze. After looking at the cabinets with and without the chocolate glaze we decided to not get the glaze. While the glaze was beautiful on the lighter colored wood, it made the darker stain just look dirty. I’m glad we re-looked at it because we saved ourselves a boatload of money by not getting the glaze. Some pictures:

Mid-Continent Maple Villa in Sundance Finish

Mid-Continent Maple Villa in Sundance Finish

Larger sample of the Villa style with the Sundance finish

Larger sample of the Villa style with the Sundance finish

While we were there, we made some tweaks to the layout. Charles suggested staggering the height and depth of some of the corner cabinets to give it some added interest which we thought was a great idea. The height/depth will look similar to this:

Example of variable cabinet heights

Example of variable cabinet heights

We moved some cabinets around, added in some lazy susans and a really nifty recycling center. Here is the layout:

Kitchen Layout

Kitchen Layout

Some drawings to help you visualize:

Back Wall

Back Wall

Side Wall

Side Wall

Side Corner

Side Corner

Front Wall

Front Wall

Island

Island

We also chose the kitchen faucet:

Kohler Forte Kitchen Faucet with Pullout Sprayer

Kohler Forte Kitchen Faucet with Pullout Sprayer

We chose these appliances:

GE Dishwasher

GE Dishwasher

GE Microwave

GE Microwave

GE Electric Range

GE Electric Range

Kenmoore Wall Oven

Kenmoore Wall Oven

Not really kitchen related but we also choose our washer and dryer. These are the appliances I am most excited about. I hate (with a burning passion) our current washer dryer. The washer is OK but the dryer does a HORRIBLE job. We usually have to run everything at least twice to get it dry. Hate!

GE Washer

GE Washer

GE Dryer

GE Dryer

The only thing left to choose is the fridge and the drawer pulls. I REALLY love the look of these knobs:

My Pretty

My Pretty

BUT … Charles made the excellent point that these are going to be very hard to clean. Now I’m not sure what to do. I really love the look and have been dreaming of these knobs since before I even met my husband … but on the other hand … I really hate cleaning. Hmmmm. Your thoughts?